Building Management at Scale with Michael Franco, CEO of Riptide

In The Real Estate Innovators Podcast by Ryan Cox

Michael Franco the founder & CEO of Riptide, a cloud-based building management solution to make every building an exceptional experience. He has 20 years experience as a technology executive — leading teams in product, project and program management.  Previous to Riptide, he managed the international services team for Cisco Systems Smart+ Connected Buildings.

We started Riptide in order to help with management at scale, aggregated views into how a portfolio of buildings are doing and really calling out outliers, ranking stores, running analytics, and business intelligence against the entire portfolio for predictive management.

– Michael Franco, CEO of Riptide

What’s the Big Idea?

Riptide’s Smart Building solution puts facilities management on autopilot. With Riptide, small business owners can easily connect and control their most important building assets, including lighting, door locks, refrigeration, and heating and cooling. Riptide’s solution automates operations with pre-programmed business rules that take necessary action or alert on issues.

The State of Building Management

Businesses are challenged by managing large building infrastructure across dispersed geographies that are not connected to technology.  Facilities managers are forced to react and respond, leading to significant downtime, expense & inefficient time management.

Modern Infrastructure

Riptide places smart equipment sensors in each of your buildings and makes intelligent decisions about the input based on your rules.  When something happens that you’ve told Riptide you want to know about, you get a detailed alert on your mobile device, so that you can take the right action.


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